Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Steps - A View from a Venetian Gondola

Taking pictures of steps all over the world has been my passion. These steps, in particular, were especially interesting because they begin at water level in Venice and the view can only be by gondola.

I especially enjoy taking pictures of steps because of the possibility of "where these steps lead" and imagining stories of those who trod up to their destination.

I used Roxio (similar to Photoshop) program to enhance the main picture. Then printed it on cheesecloth that was prepared with Digital Ground White Matte made by Golden. This product allows for the ink to adhere to most materials that will be sent through an ink jet printer.

My background fabric was painted with Seta Color using the Sky Dye Techniques of Mickey Lawler. I altered another photograph of steps taken in Nice and printed it on organza for the overlay to create the feeling of many steps and of masonry walls.

11 comments:

  1. the photo and the manipulating thereof is great - what makes this piece so exciting for me is the way you have manipulated the cheesecloth - how effective, the frayed edges, the texture, the dimension. great piece venetta!

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  2. Wow! I absolutely am drawn in by this. The warmth and depth that you have acheived is so beautiful and the subject matter very magical.I would also love to see the photos that you have used for this.Stunning result Venetta!

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  3. Amazing Venetta, I love the texture and colour. You really want to climb those steps to see where they lead. Fabulous!

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    1. I think the frayed edges and subtle palette are great choices for this beautiful image.

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  4. Great use of techniques to create a mystical moment ... a case of I wish I was there.

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  5. I think it's all been said! The photo image on cheesecloth is brilliant - gives such an illusory feel to the place. Which is how I think of Venice- intrigue and mystique - and you've captured it with the colour and technique

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  6. Wow, I agree that this piece and Pamela's probably need to be seen to appreciate the textures and detail. Being here in Italy and having walked up and down many steps already today with mysterious vistas leading off down alleyways left and right, I can vouch for the totally real emotion it gave me.

    Nice one, Venetta - Venice is very special.

    Hilary

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  7. I think everyone else has expressed my views already. Lovely piece, and even better close-up.

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  8. The colours you have used together with the techniques have given this piece a very definite feel of mystery and age that encompasses the very essence of Venice. It is a truly wonderful place which evokes so many emotions - which you have captured so amazingly.

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  9. What more can I add - except that we need to get these pieces together so that we can see them close too!

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  10. Venetta - what a wonderful work of art - great depth and eye-appeal!
    Bravo! ~Kate

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